English as a Second Language (ESL)

Competence in English is essential for equity of educational opportunity and full participation in Australian Society. ESL is a program of language development designed to meet the needs of those students whose first language is not English and to support their learning in mainstream subjects.  ESL courses in the Senior School are highly focused on developing the English literacy skills of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing.

Students are assisted in building strategies to cope with the demands of studying in a:

  • second language
  • system that has different expectations and learning styles from the student's home country.

In addition to expanding student vocabulary and increasing competence in English grammar usage, students develop strategies for accessing a wide range of written, oral and multi-media texts. The particular requirements of different text types are taught and scaffolding is used to assist students in learning to write successfully in all text types.

ESL programs of study are developed with the needs of the particular students in the class in mind. An across the curriculum approach is always evident and the students are given the opportunity to seek assistance with the language demands of their other subjects. The ESL teacher liaises with other subject teachers and suggests appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Students study ESL as an elective subject, but only by invitation. Students are tested prior to entry to have their language level assessed to determine their need, level and suitability for ESL studies.